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Psychology with Counselling Skills BSc Honours

Learn about the course below
October 2018
3 years full-time
5 years part-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Richard Barry

Psychology professionals with an expert understanding of mental health conditions are in demand across the social services. Our degree offers unrivalled facilities and tutor support for those who aspire to support the psychological well-being of society's most vulnerable.

Why study BSc Psychology with Counselling Skills at Middlesex University?

Our specialist degree integrates psychological theory and research with therapeutic practice. It is an ideal stepping stone towards careers within counselling, psychotherapy, clinical psychology and health psychology. Alongside gaining a broad education in psychology, you will take specialist counselling skills options and will also study research, theory and methods within mental health practice.

You will be taught in our unrivalled teaching facilities at our award-winning Hatchcroft Building which includes psycho-physiology, social observation, virtual reality and auditory cognition laboratories. You will also have access to computer labs, a psycho-physiology lab, a social observation lab, a virtual reality lab, an auditory cognition lab and 12 testing cubicles.

Course highlights

  • We offer a year-long, paid work-placement option between year's two and three, related to counselling, clinical, education, health, or forensic psychology and you will be exempt from paying tuition fees
  • Our degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society; you gain the highest level of industry-standard training
  • Upon successful graduation you can apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership to the British Psychology Society, a crucial step for those to pursue psychology postgraduate study
  • Although this degree does not qualify you as a counsellor, it is the perfect platform for postgraduate training in counselling or clinical psychology
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Psychology with Counselling Skills?

The course develops the essential knowledge and skills required for counselling psychology alongside the soft skills necessary to build collaborative and effective relationships with patients. You will study compulsory modules in the first and second year which will introduce the broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches to psychology and counselling. In your third year you will choose options from areas as diverse as mental health and well-being, psychoanalysis and psychology coaching.

What will you gain?

You will gain a wealth of additional skills to support you in your future career or further studies including: research and analytical skills; and detailed communications skills including a thorough understanding of human communication methods.


  • Year 1

    • Foundation Counselling Skills (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will be introduce a range of counselling concepts and skills. You will have the opportunity to engage in practice in order to experience counselling as a counsellor and client, and to reflect on processes and skills within the counselling relationship. Personal development is an important part of this module and you will be encouraged to become more self-aware and mindful, and to examine how this growing self-awareness is important in applying counselling skills. Much of the learning on this course is experiential and therefore regular attendance at taught sessions is vital in order to pass the module.

    • Foundation Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the five core areas of Psychology as set down by the BPS, Cognitive, Social, Biological Basis, Developmental and Individual Differences. In addition, you will also explore ideas concerned with definitions of Psychology and how Psychology developed as a separate discipline by considering its historical and philosophical beginnings and current issues.

    • Psychological Data Analysis (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the statistical and qualitative analysis as they are employed in psychological research. You will gain experience in a range of analytic techniques and learn to use relevant software. You will also be required to engage in extensive hands-on computer use in order to develop skills in data collection, input and analysis, using SPSS.

    • Research Methods and Design in Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to introduce the principles and practice of quantitative and qualitative psychological research. You will develop skills in searching literature and generating hypotheses with a sound rationale, understand the principles of sound research design and data collection and be able to interpret findings and critically assess research output in psychology. You will also be provided with opportunities to develop skills in the dissemination of research results with the conventions, styles and critical approach of academic work

  • Year 2

    • Applied Psychology and Research Methods Ethics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module enables you to understand, evaluate and conduct applied psychological research to understand how research design relates to research questions. It provides you with skills in a variety of analytical methods and enables you to conduct ethical psychological research utilising quantitative qualitative methods. It provides the foundation for interpretation critical discussion of published psychological research.

    • Counselling and Psychological Therapies (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module provides an overview of the major psychological theories and findings underpinning the practice of counselling and psychological therapy. The implications of research and theory in biological and cognitive psychology for the practice of psychological therapies are explored and discussed. The module also extends basic counselling skills developed in previous modules and encourages you to develop a reflective stance on the development of these skills. The module additionally explores the diversity of counselling in action, professional issues and opportunities for further training.

    • Developmental Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide an overview of the current research and core theoretical aspects of developmental psychology. In addition to the main topics, you will have opportunities to learn about extended topics of atypical developments, developments throughout the lifespan and applications to educational issues, as well as contemporary topics in applied developmental psychology. Understanding of these topics is enhanced through a series of interactive seminars.

    • Social Psychology and Individual Differences (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop the depth and breadth of your understanding of theory and research in social psychology and personality psychology. In term 1, you are introduced to the social dimension of human psychology, through topic-focused lectures combined with small-group collaborative research projects. In term 2, you will cover mainstream concepts and theories of personality and the application of personality dispositional theory in assessment including employability. There will be a strong emphasis on critical consideration of the strengths and limitations of comparative models along with the conceptual links. The application of psychometrics and underlying principles of factor analysis will be explained in context and statistical analysis conducted by hand to facilitate understanding.

  • Year 3

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module encourages you to pursue independent study with a designated supervisor on a topic not offered in-depth among the normal range of modules. You will be expected to carry out an original investigation using a recognised psychology or cognitive science research method, and produce a dissertation based on that research. The title and methodology of this dissertation must be agreed with the supervisor in advance. Undertaking this module will enable you to develop your methodological and statistical knowledge acquired through previous research methods training. You will develop your competence in the production of coherent written reports which are clearly presented and which have an analytic and critical orientation. You will have the opportunity to become a competent and self-sufficient researcher.

    • Coaching and Positive Psychology (30 credits) - Optional

      This module offers advanced level study of topics in coaching psychology and positive psychology, and provides a blend of academic study, practical knowledge, and personal development. The module is designed to measure a variety of learning outcomes and to facilitate your development of critical thinking, independent learning, reflective learning, listening and communication skills. It introduces the basic skills of Coaching and Coaching Psychology and you will be encouraged to explore further training in these areas as part of your professional and career development.

    • Health, Exercise Sport Psychology (30 credits) - Optional

      The module introduces you to the ways in which psychological theories and methods contribute to our understanding of physical health and illness, exercise, and sport performance. It will enable you to understand the psychological, behavioural and social determinants of health and illness, exercise and sporting performance. Recent research, including both quantitative and qualitative research methods, will be examined and evaluated. The applications of health psychology to clinical practice and the applications of sport psychology to working with skilled performers will be illustrated.

    • Lifespan Development (30 credits) - Optional

      The module aims to explore the psychology of lifespan development using theoretical and research orientated approaches. It considers how psychological knowledge of the ways in which development over the lifespan can be investigated and observed using research undertaken from a variety of perspectives as well as how it can be understood using models of cognitive, biological, socio-ecological, psychodynamic and developmental psychology. The module aims to develop your understanding of how theoretical, empirical and personal examples arising in the fields of academia, research and clinical practice contribute to the understanding of each topic. You will be encouraged to think reflectively about the relevance of these to your own life, experience and learning.

    • Mental Health, Well Being and Consciousness (30 credits) - Optional

      The module explores relationships between mind and body, conscious and unconscious mental life, the potential of psychology to help people to become more creative and fulfilled, and aims to develop your understanding of mental health issues and the clinical/therapeutic debates in this field.

    • Professional Practice (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to encourage a deeper understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, whilst allowing you to develop, review, reflect on and improve employment skills within the context of your own discipline. It will also further develop independent learning and communication skills. Finally, the module aims to prepare you to apply for postgraduate study and/or graduate employment after graduation

    • Psychoanalysis in Context (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the history of psychoanalysis and its status today, as well as its application. You will learn about the history and development of psychoanalysis and the ways in which it has impacted on a range of disciplines and on contemporary society. You will consider how the conceptual tools of psychoanalysis have been applied across the arts, feminism, postcolonial studies, psychology and critical theories. You will be invited to pursue your own particular interests, evaluating how psychoanalytic theory might inform and resolve theoretical impasses and those of everyday life. The module also introduces the major figures in the history of psychoanalysis, and its key theoretical and clinical concepts and an investigation into its contemporary applications by drawing on the expertise and research interests of members of the Centre for Psychoanalysis at Middlesex University. A variety of teaching methods and assessment are employed to present and encourage the understanding of human development from different perspectives.

    • The Self and Human Nature (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to encourage you to examine Psychology’s core assumptions concerning human nature and one of the fundamental objects of psychological investigation, the Self. Key schools of thought such as materialism, empiricism, positivism and reductionist perspectives in general are critically assessed in the light of the critique from social constructionist approaches.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
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  2. International
  3. How to apply
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  2. International

How can the BSc Psychology with Counselling Skills support your career?

Our specialist psychology degree prepares you for a career as a counsellor or social worker, or for a role in other sectors such as law, business management or education. You will also be well prepared for further studies to become a charted psychologist.

Psychology graduates are highly valued across the economy, because of the transferable skills they develop. As a psychology professional you could find yourself working in all kinds of roles from priming elite athletes and sports teams to improve their performance to advising governments on policy. Counselling psychologists work in the NHS, in general and psychiatric hospitals and GP surgeries. You could also work within private hospitals, independent practices, industry, education in schools and universities, and public and private corporate institutions.

You could be working in roles such as business manager, teaching assistant, early years practitioner, social therapist, counsellor, and market researcher in organisations including:

  • NHS East London
  • HMP Holloway
  • APPT, Northwood Day Nursery
  • Middlesex University
  • Serco
  • Mosaic Youth
  • IFF Research
  • London Borough of Barnet
  • Camden Council

Additionally, you can go on to do further study. Those with a Lower Second Classification (or higher) will be eligible to apply for BPS accredited Masters and Doctoral programmes leading to careers as a Psychologist. You will also be able to progress to postgraduate training leading to accredited status as a Psychotherapist or Counsellor.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

  • Michelle Mounsdon

    Psychology with Counselling Skills BSc student

    I came for an open day and the facilities available in the Hatchcroft Psychology building were better than any other University I had seen. The lecturers were inspiring and enthusiastic about the courses on offer and the campus was modern and very welcoming.

    I've really enjoyed the practical workshops offered as part of the Counselling Skills course; a chance to learn and practice new techniques which helped me to gain a voluntary counsellor job with the charity 'Place2Be.' I have also enjoyed learning about new aspects of psychology such as 'neuropsychology' and 'lifespan development'.

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